We rock fairly often

Had a ‘we rock’ day yesterday, where I felt unstoppable. KK was cutting like a dream and all was well with the world. I’ve been playing around with some of the soundscapes which have been kindly provided for the movie by a chap called Patrick who works with a team calling themselves Crystal Plumage Musics. You can hear some of Patrick’s work on the trailers, and its fitting the KK vibe very nicely indeed. Scenes that were merely ‘working’ are suddenly ‘rocking’ and it’s a pretty damn good feeling.

Been putting together a press release for the local papers this afternoon. They were always nice to us last time around, so hopefully they’ll run a little something for these flicks too. Oh, and that reminds me… If any folks out there happen to run websites or magazines and want to interview any of us Jinxy folks… You only have to ask!

How far is too far?

See, I’m presented with interesting choices when cutting these movies. I can’t explain many of these situations without blowing scenes from the movies, which I have no desire whatsoever to do, but every day I’m faced with the question of how far is too far.

That’s not to imply that these flicks are ground-breakingly horrible, or anything like that. It’s just a matter of keeping the mood at the right pitch. It’s a really fine line, especially when dealing with violence in a horror-comedy, because nothing can make a laugh die quicker than hoding a shot of someone suffering for too long. Unless, strangely enough, you hold it for MUCH too long, after which it starts to become funny again.

I recut the opening scene of KK today, substantially changing it from the first assembly. In the course of these alterations, it lost one extremely nasty shot but gained another that seems edgier somehow even though it involves no actual violence.. Ah, it’s tough to explain this stuff without actual examples. Maybe in a few months time I’ll get to waffle on about it at length in a director’s commentary.

I’m still getting that impatient feeling in my gut where I want these movies to be finished so that I can watch them with other people. Ridiculous, considering we only finished shooting last month, but I’ve been licving with them for a lot longer than that now and I kind of want them to be done. The fun stuff is pretty much over, and the post schedule is, actually, bloody hard work. You get a few good bits each day; making something flow that didn’t previously, getting just the right sound sting on something, but it’s all a bit of a grind compared to shooting.

Ah, pay no attention to me. When I’m shooting I usually claim that editing’s my favourite bit.

Trailers

They’re officially out. You can find them via the links on http://www.jinxmedia.co.uk or via the news page of http://www.horrortalk.com and I very much hope that you like them.

Sat and watched the first assembly of Hellbride last Friday, and it’s the funniest of the three movies that we’ve shot so far. Hands down. KK might have the nastier gore and the cooler location, but Hellbride has the laughs covered. I sat throughout the screening frantically scribbling down ideas to tighten it; things that need to be done, things that could be done, just so the final product is as tight as we can possibly get it. I’m hoping to gather folks for a couple of days of pick-ups in the not-too-distant future, but it might prove tricky, and I might have to swap my plans around a little depending on who is available and who isn’t. We’ll see.

Every now and again, an old project and forgotten project starts calling to me. The WitchPit script, which had been sitting on my hard-drive for about four years, started calling to me earlier in the year and we’ve plonked it firmly into our development slate. Suddenly, last week, however, a treatment that I had for a film called BrainBath also started calling. The call is getting louder and louder…

On that too, we’ll see. Always fun to find out how things turn out…

Leaking


Gonna be honest here, because it’s what you folks expect. I’ve been leaking. Just a bit, just a little. Just enough to get people interested.

Christ, that sounded disgusting. I’d really best clarify. The last thing in the world that any independent producer wants is for folks to be bored of hearing about the product by the time the product hits the market. Similarly, the other last thing would be for nobody to have heard of the thing at all. So it’s a balance.

It’s probably a bit early in the day to be releasing too much stuff from these flicks, but sitting on brilliant trailers and cool promo artwork gets to be difficult. So occasionally, I leak. Somewhere on the internet, on a message board or forum, I leaked the URL for the trailers for both movies. And now, of course I’ve just leaked the KK promo poster. All over this blog.

I’m sure at some point I’ll stop finding the word ‘leak’ amusing, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Oh, and the wrap party was great. It was terrific seeing so many folks again, and I was a very drunk bunny indeed by the time I crashed into bed.

Back to the edit suite. I might as well save that as my automatic signature from now on…

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